Discover Ubud Monkey Forest – Time to Monkey Around

Visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest

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Guests at an Ubud hotel located in Bali’s central foothills such as Alila Ubud, must make their way to the Ubud Monkey Forest for an unforgettable experience. As more than 700 monkeys call Ubud Forest their home, entering the forest is like stepping into a scene from the Jungle Book. The monkeys are divided into four main groups and are defined by the areas of the forest they inhabit. 

 

Forest Temples

The Ubud Monkey Forest is formally known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and the area is home to three beautifully adorned temples. Each temple is dedicated to a different God and attracts worshippers each day. Photographers would be thrilled by the opportunity to photograph the lively monkeys against the backdrop of the intricately carved temples.

 

Feeding Monkeys

There are feeding areas located around the Monkey Forest where visitors can purchase fruit to feed the monkeys. It is fun to watch the agile creatures devour the fruits but be warned that sometimes they may become aggressive when food stocks are low.

 

Primate Pickpockets

The inhabitants of the Ubud forest are a mischievous bunch and surprisingly adept pickpockets so it is best to empty your pockets before you wander through the forest in order to have an enjoyable visit.

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Ubud Monkey Forest – An adventure in a sacred land

Located about half an hour’s drive from Alila Ubud, a well-known resort in Ubud, Bali, is the “Monkey Forest”; or as it is formally known, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Spreading across an area of about 27 acres, this is a lush green forest with over 100 different species of trees. However, what attracts the tourists – in 10,000s per day during the tourist season – are not the trees or the temples, but the clever little monkeys that make a simple walk in a human-intervened park the adventure of a lifetime.

The Monkey Forest is maintained by the nearby village Padantegal. According to the mission statement of the Sanctuary, the establishment of the Monkey Forest seeks to embody an underlying principle in Hinduism, where man, animal, and environment coexist in peace. As a testimony to this, the monkeys – crab-eating macaques to be precise – are fed sweet potatoes by the management thrice a day. However, there are bananas available for purchase at the entrance, so visitors can feed the monkeys. Candy, peanuts, bread, biscuits and the like are prohibited in the park to ensure a healthier diet for the animals. However, you would notice that there are “obese” monkeys in the groups due to this large influx of food they receive.

The sanctuary is also home to three Hindu temples, standing in thedeclaration of a glorious past while being one with nature. As is the custom in Asian countries, you are not allowed to enter the sacred grounds with bare knees or shoulders. Proper attire is a must. In addition, it is also strongly suggested that you leave any form of luggage – backpacks, fannypacks – at home to avoid a confrontation with the monkeys, who seem to believe (not incorrectly) that humans constantly carry food with them. As a displeased monkey will bite you – reports of monkeys biting humans flock in daily from the Forest – and they are known to carry Hepatitis C, and possibly rabies, it is strongly recommended you do not display any aggressive or displeasing behaviour.

The Monkey Forest in Ubud is a place you must visit for its unique concept of harmony. You will also be given the added advantage of a narrating a thrilling tale where a monkey pickpocketed you, once you get home.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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Ubud in a day, the lazy way

Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in the Ubud district, located amongst the paddy fields, rice fields and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people. The area surrounding the town is made up of small farms, rice paddies and dense forests. Ubud is also the spiritual capital of Bali and is the ideal place for Yoga. There so many interesting and fun things to do in Bali. There are many hotels that one can stay over when one is staying in Bali, the Hotel Uma by COMO Ubud is a luxury hotel with many facilities and comforts. The hotel has Asian contemporary designed 46 rooms, suites and villas. The restaurants in the hotel boasts world-class cuisine. The hotel also focuses on holistic wellness, with active pursuits including temple visits, biking and trekking.

One can take up a walk up a hill off Ubud’s main street and through relatively flat, slightly terraced rice paddy, now dotted with even more concrete villas and bungalows, one can walk through scenery such as farmers at work and the devoted making offerings. The village cluster of Ubud is the ideal place to try a famed Balinese massage and soak up the ambience of one of Asia’s top Spa destinations. Acupuncture, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy star in the island’s distinctively firm massage treatments. Ubud is also the vivacious center of Bali’s arts scene, home to a small treasure trove of museums and galleries. Monkey Forest Park is home to hundreds of mischievous monkeys. One can also check out the tomb cloisters at Gung Kawi. One can check out the Neka Art Museum, Agning Rai Museum of Art is also a must visit place of Ubud. The Pura Taman Saraswati is set within a beautiful water garden with thousands of lotus flowers. The Museum Puri Lukisan, showcases modern Balinese paintings and drawings and is mandatory for anyone with an interest in Balinese Art, there is a tropical garden with its lotus flower ponds.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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